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GABON - "AFRICA'S
LAST EDEN" (Our Gabon trips are temporarily on hold.
We are still offering exciting travel to the Central African Republic,
Sao Tomé and Principe. Please inquire for details until we
post our new itineraries here on our website. Thanks!)
- The trip descriptions & itineraries
you see on this page serve as examples of some of the best activities
and destinations in each country we serve. We do our best at custom-designing
trips to our clients' specifications.
Please let us know your needs and we'll try and design a trip that will
exceed your wildest dreams.
- Prices are subject to change according to Euro-USD
exchange rates and unforseen changes in the rates we're charged in-country.
All of our trips to northern Niger have been canceled
for the present due to violence between Tuareg
rebel groups and government troops. As it has been reported that land
mines have been set in parts of the region, it may be some time before
we will be able to offer services there. We are very disappointed in this
development, both because of our sadness for the added suffering this
causes our friends in Niger and because it may be a long while before
we will be able to return to one of our favorite places in the world.
For those of you who would like to experience
a similar culture and see parts of the Sahara Desert, our trips to Mali
offer an experience comparable to Niger. We continue to offer services
to southern Niger, including the Kouré giraffes, Park W, and Niamey.
RWANDA & UGANDA PRIMATE TOUR
TENTATIVE ITINERARY, ACTUAL SCHEDULE & ROUTE MAY VARY
A 12 day safari which starts in Entebbe and finishes in
Kigali. This safari can also be done on a private basis. [The Bwindi gorilla
permit is included in the cost but the other gorilla trackings require
a supplement to be paid at time of booking.]A safari that traces the western
Rift Valley in the heart of Africa, starting with game viewing on the
savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park - elephant, lion, buffalo,
hippo, and leopard. Track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees in Kyambura
Gorge. In Ishasha go on the hunt for the tree-climbing lions lounging
on old fig trees. See the rich wildlife and array of birds on the Kazinga
Channel. Seeing some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the
world is a fantastic experience and this safari takes you to three gorilla
parks - Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda and PNV in Rwanda. It offers an
opportunity to track gorillas five times, twice in Bwindi, once in Mgahinga/Nkuringo,
and twice in PNV.
Day 1 MONDAY Arrive at Entebbe Airport, probably
the friendliest in Africa, welcomed by a Volcanoes guide. Briefing on
the great African adventure. Set off on the southbound road at 10am. On
the way see the royal drum makers, stand on the Equator, bargain at the
roadside markets. Descend to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping
an eye out for game. O/N: Mweya/Jacana (FB).
Day 2 TUESDAY Go for an early morning game drive
to seek out wildlife, rest during the heat of the day and then go on an
evening game drive. The game seen will depend on the season, the Kasenyi
plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals.
O/N: Mweya/Jacana (FB).
Day 3 WEDNESDAY An excursion to Kyambura gorge nearby
to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees, one of man's closest
relations. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable
but the walk is enchanting. Alternatively go for a nature walk in Maramagambo
Forest to see other primates and to visit the bat cave and the blue lake.
In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where the wildlife
and a vast array of birds come to drink. O/N: Mweya/Jacana (FB).
Day 4 THURSDAY Start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Either drive via Ishasha, home of the tree climbing lion, roads permitting,
or take the alternative route through cultivated expanses. Time permitting,
go for a guided nature walk. O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).
Day 5 FRIDAY Go gorilla tracking (subject to permit
availability at time of booking), walking up steep densely forested hills
before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation.
An inspiring moment! Tracking in Bwindi requires stamina and can often
take most of the day. Alternatively go for a leisurely nature or community
walk. O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).
Day 6 SATURDAY Either go gorilla tracking again (on
payment of supplement at the time of booking subject to permit availability)
or go for a guided nature walk in the thick forest rich in birds, butterflies
and monkeys. Alternatively go for a stroll around the Lodge or for a community
walk. O/N: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (FB).
Day 7 SUNDAYLeave for Mgahinga. Make brief stops
at places of interest including Kanaba Gap to view the dramatic Virunga
volcanoes and the beautiful terraced hills. Proceed, via the frontier
town of Kisoro, up the mountain to Mgahinga at 2,300m. O/N: Volcanoes
Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).
Day 8 MONDAYEither go gorilla tracking again, this
time in Mgahinga/Nkuringo (on payment of supplement at time of booking),
or climb the Muhavura or Gahinga volcanoes, or go for a nature walk or
visit golden monkeys in Mgahinga. O/N: Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge (FB).
Day 9 TUESDAYEither relax or walk near the Lodge,
or do one of the activities in day 8 in the morning (except gorilla tracking)
and transfer to Rwanda after lunch. [Clocks go backward one hour]. Stroll
around the Lodge, or simply take in the panoramic sunset over the volcanoes.
O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 10 WEDNESDAYGo gorilla tracking in Parc National
des Volcans (on payment of supplement at time of booking). Tracking gorillas
through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical
experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour
with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla
families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially
when it is wet and muddy. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 11 THURSDAY Either go gorilla tracking again
in Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at time of booking),
or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ross Carr's orphanage
and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian
Fossey's grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk
to Lake Bulera. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).
Day 12 FRIDAY Leave for Kigali. Time permitting,
go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project,
handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide
memorial. Transfer to the airport. (HB).
Bwindi in Uganda has four habituated families and the gorillas
there live in thicker tropical forest and tracking is more challenging
as the hillsides are steeper. You can also go for nature walks to see
birds, monkeys and orchids. Mgahinga, in Uganda, is a great place to appreciate
the unique Virunga volcanoes and it has one habituated family. When this
group sometimes moves across the border, tracking at Nkuringo in Southern
Bwindi is possible. You can also climb a volcano or go for a nature walk,
visit the endangered golden monkey or go birding. PNV in Rwanda has five
habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane
forest usually takes only a few hours. You can also climb a volcano, visit
the remains of Dian Fossey's grave or visit the endangered golden monkey.
At the end of the safari fly out from Kigali.
Clients stay 3 nights at Mweya/Jacana, 3 nights at Volcanoes
Bwindi Lodge, 2 nights at Volcanoes Mount Gahinga Lodge and 3 nights at
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.
A choice of two safaris can be added at the end - Primates
and Birds in Nyungwe Forest (4 days), Wildlife and Birds in Akagera (3
COST: US $7994 per person, sharing a twin room
Single room supplement: as this may vary, please inquire.
1. Prices are valid until 31 December 2007 unless unforeseen
circumstances require them to be changed. Prices for 2008 will be published
at a later date.
2. Prices are based on exchange rates with the US Dollar
in April 2007. Changes in exchange rates may result in changes in trip
prices up to 1 month preceeding departure date.
3. Classic Uganda and Rwanda starts in Kampala on Monday
and finishes on the following Friday in Kigali.
4. Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without notice.
We had a GREAT time. We had incredible gorilla viewing--also
yellow tailed monkeys, tree lions, elephants, warthogs, a hippo in our
back yard and more.
We did have a WONDERFUL trip both in Africa and in the
Cotswalds. Thank you for your help in connecting us with such a wonderful
Rwanda/Uganda - July, 2007
OF NORTHERN CAMEROON
TENTATIVE ITINERARY, ACTUAL SCHEDULE & ROUTE MAY VARY
The far north of Cameroon, or “Le Grande Nord,” as the local
folks say, is a fascinating and little-known corner of West Africa. Although
mentioned in several guidebooks, this area has remained relatively unknown
by tourists, especially Americans. Colorful village markets, starkly beautiful
landscapes, proud yet warm and friendly people, and a fascinating local
culture and history, make this trip one of our best! Waza Park is known
as the best big-game park in West Africa, boasting most of the big game
species for which East Africa is known, but receiving far fewer visitors.
This makes for a much more relaxed, and one of a kind quality experience!
However, please be aware that the tourist infrastructure for northern
Cameroon is not well developed so accommodations are nice, but basic and
some of the roads are in very poor condition.
Day 1 - 2 § US to Douala
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Jet Hotel. Orientation
session and then enjoy your first dinner at the hotel. If you wish to
refresh yourself after a very long flight, treat yourself to a swim
in the pool. Douala is located in the middle of Cameroon's Atlantic
coast, a few kilometers inland on the southern shore of the Wouri River
Day 3 § Douala/Yaoundé/night train to Ngaoundéré
Travel to Yaoundé (picnic lunch), visit Mfou National Park and CWAF's
gorilla and chimp rehabilitation project near Yaoundé; then board the
night train for Ngaoundéré (B,L,D,)
Note: You will be traveling first class on
the night train, in the best available accommodations. That said, conditions
will not be as comfortable as one might expect for first class. You
will share a two or four-bunk sleeper. We will try to get you a two-bunk,
but there is no guarantee. Bathrooms are also shared.
Day 4 § Ngaoundéré/Ngaoundaba Ranch
Arrive in the early morning in Ngaoundére where we'll be met by our
drivers in 4X4 vehicles and sped off to the beautiful Ngaoundaba Ranch.
Relax, swim in the nearby crater lake, or hike around the premises.
Enjoy the friendly ambiance and beautiful views, as well as the great
food and service! Lounge around the fireplace, share thoughts on the
trip so far, and discuss upcoming days.
Day 5 § Ngaoundaba Ranch/Maroua
Enjoy an early morning walk around the lake, then breakfast and departure
for Maroua. We'll stop along the way in Ngaoundéré, where we'll visit
the Lamido (Moslem chief) of the region and his beautiful palace. We'll
also have lunch in Ngaoundéré and then continue on to Maroua. Night
at Relais Porte Mayo. (B,L,D)
Day 6 § Maroua/ Maga-Pouss/Waza Park
Early morning departure for Pouss, where we'll visit the market and
the museum featuring the traditional huts of the Obus and their customs.
Lunch at the Safari ? in Maga and visit the Muzugum fisherman's port
on the Logone River. On to the Park National de Waza. Enjoy an evening
drive to view wildlife, with the possibility of seeing giraffes, elephants,
hippos, lions, sable antelope, warthogs, baboons, monkeys, and many
bird species. March thru October is the absolute best time for wildlife
viewing, but we still stand a good chance of seeing wildlife during
our visit. Overnight at the Waza Campement, with its comfortable boukarous
and good food. (B,L,D)
Day 7 § Waza Park/Oudjila/Mokolo
Enjoy an early morning wildlife tour of the Park, then depart for the
Podoko of D'Oudjila, whose animist chief has 40 wives and more than
150 children. Visit his house to learn more about animist beliefs and
customs. Continuing onward you'll arrive in Mokolo, the center of the
Mafa people. Wednesday is the big market day for the Mafa people of
the Mokolo area. They come down from their mountain villages to sell
their local craft and produce (millet, peanuts, beans, traditional oil),
and also to buy provisions to take back to the mountains (soap, salt,
matches, fish, etc.). Overnight at the Campement Flamboyant Hotel, the
most comfortable in town just off the main road in the center of town.
Traditional Cameroonian food for dinner! (B,L,D)
Day 8 § Mokolo/Tourou/Rhumsiki
Depart in the early morning for the Thursday market in Tourou, where
the Hide and Gre wear calabash hats, reminding one of soldiers with
their helmets. These hats contain markings which provide information
such as whether the woman is married and whether she has children. This
is a typical traditional small market of northern Cameroon, with a beautiful
view over the savannah to Nigeria. Continue on to Rhumsiki, with its
moonscape terrain of ancient volcanic "needles", and the home of the
Margui or Kapsiki people. Overnight at the Campement of Rhumsiki, one
of the more upscale places with nice views and comfortable air-conditioned
boukarous. Keep in mind that air conditioning and electricity may not
always work in Cameroon. (B,L,D)
Day 9 § Rhumsiki/Gamba
After breakfast, you'll go trekking in the Mandara Mountains. Approximately
5 hours of hiking will bring you to Gamba. Here you will pass by the
villages of Gova and Kila, in the heart of Kirdi country. The Kirdi
are known to be staunchly animist, refusing to be "islamized" by Moslem
immigrants. Spend the night in Gamba with families in traditional Margui
huts. There is no electricity, bath is by bucket, no modern toilet,
and sleeping is on a grass mat or sleeping pad (if you bring one). If
you do not wish to do the trek, you may opt to stay in Rhuminsiki. Optional
activities for those who choose to stay in Rhumsiki are seeing traditional
pottery demonstrations, visiting a local school, traditional bronze
working in the village of Amsa, or visiting the small village market
at Mogode where the Lamidat de Kapsiki (traditional regional chief of
the Kapsiki region) resides (B,L,D)
Day 10 § Rhumsiki/Garoua
Depart for Garoua, passing through numerous villages which have changed
little over the last centuries. Rest stop at the dam at Dzahoura, where
you'll have a beautiful view across the border into Nigeria. Special
surprise lunch! Overnight in Garoua at the Relais St. Hubert. (B,L,D)
Day 11 § Garoua/Ngaoundaba Ranch
Travel to Ngaoundaba Ranch, with stop in Ngaoundéré for lunch. Relax
in comfort again at the Ranch and have the opportunity for an afternoon
swim &/or hike. (B,L,D)
Day 12 § Ngaoundaba/night train
Morning walk, swim, boat ride, or just relax on the veranda. Good chance
that monkeys will pay you a visit! Afternoon departure for Ngaoundéré
and the night train to Yaoundé. (B,L)
Day 13 § Night train/Yaoundé/Kribi
Arrive in Yaoundé in the early morning; leisurely breakfast and then
off to Kribi, a beautiful seaside village. Installation at Jully Hotel,
lunch at hotel, then relax on the beach for the pm. Dinner & night at
Jully Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 14 § Kribi/Douala/Departure
Options of just relaxing or heading down the coast to visit a Pygmy
village and have a fresh seafood lunch on the beach; then its back in
the car for the drive to Douala and the airport for your flight home.
Cost: $4500 per
person, double accomodation; single supplement $250
(Minimum of 6 people required; DreamWeaver owner
Dudley Parkinson will co-lead this trip,
along with Cameroonian friend and collaborator, Laurent ZRA)
Includes meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), all lodging
and transportation, guides, mineral water, park fees
Does not include international airfare, passport and visa fees, travel
insurance, alcoholic and soft beverages, tips, and personal purchases.
Note: Please be aware that this trip is rugged in that accommodations
are basic, though clean and charming, in outlying areas. Don't count
on having hot water or electricity daily. Roads are very, very rough
and some days may involve a lot of driving. Choose this trip only if
you wish a very unique cultural exprience and are willing to put up
with some inconveniences.
Our trip to Cameroon was superb! Laurent's management skills are remarkable
in an environment where everything is subject to change or breakdown
or delay. He was organized and thorough in making realistic arrangements
that usually worked out, and was quick to come up with alternative plans
on the few occasions when something unforseen occurred.
We did stay overnight with the Manfo family near Dschang, and consider
it to be one of the best parts of our trip to Cameroon. They welcomed
us warmly, tried hard to make us comfortable, gave us a tour of the
village, and prepared a feast to share with us and the many neighbors
and relatives who came to greet us.
Waza Park was another highlight of our time in Cameroon. Given the
season, we had limited expectations for viewing big animals, but hoped
to at least see two or three. Instead, we saw several groups of giraffe,
some warthogs, domilesque, and after 2 hours of cross-country tracking,
caught up to a herd of over 200 elephants! Our video of the elephants
South of Bandjoun, we stopped at the compound of the chief of the
region (a spur-of-the-moment choice by Laurent), and it happened to
be the day that the massive straw roof of the assembly hall was being
replaced, an event that most members of the community would witness
only once or possibly twice in their lifetime. Meeting the king and
visiting the museum were background events to the thrill of watching
teams of men hoist bundles of straw to the heights of the roof and work
them into place, and hearing them burst into deep cadances of song echoing
between the men on the roof and those on the ground.
.... you and Laurent did a great job of planning according to the
information I shared with you about our interests in nature and culture.
We are happy to recommend DreamWeaver to anyone wanting to travel to
West Africa, and we hope you will stay in touch and let us know how
your business is developing.
Thanks again, and all best,
Dear DreamWeaver Travel,
"I am highly impressed by Laurent's professionalism and thoroughness
in organising every aspect of my travel in Cameroon so efficiently.
He had thought of and planned for every aspect of my visit extremely
well. I rate Laurent right up there among the very best tour leaders
I have spent time with on trips I have made to East and southern Africa,
and I recommend him highly to any other prospective visitor to Cameroon.
To be honest, I was slightly concerned myself that when I arrived in
Douala things might not work out quite as planned - as you say, one
never knows in Africa - but Laurent was there to meet me on schedule
and he facilitated all of the arrangements to make my trip a truly memorable
one. I was truly impressed at how he had thought of everything. ------------------------------------------
Best regards, Rod
Dr. Rod East
Deputy Chief Executive (Operations)
NIWA (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Often referred to as "Africa in miniature," Cameroon is one of the
most diverse countries in Africa, hosting a myriad of ethnic and language
groups, truly varied climatic and geographical conditions, and fascinating
traditional culture and history.
From the Sahara to the equatorial grasslands to the highest mountain
in West Africa, Cameroon is also full of wonderful, welcoming people.
What often sets Cameroonians apart from even other Africans is their
zest for life and their open curiosity regarding people from other parts
of the world.
Among the least known groups in Africa are the Pygmies, who live in
the remaining areas of equatorial rainforest and many of whom still
retain their traditional lifestyle despite encroaching roads and logging
operations. There is still a vast area of Eastern Cameroon where Pygmies
and forest elephant, chimpanzees and gorillas, orchids and hundred-foot
mahogany trees all live in a symbiotic harmony.
"Large hornbills are almost everywhere, resplendent great plantain
eaters perch within a short distance, and a rich and varied cast of
monkeys hesitate between curiosity and caution. But the elusive western
lowland gorillas keep out of our way, taking advantage of the dense
vegetation. Their droppings now and then indicate a popular route, and
a circular space with flattened vegetation is a silent allusion to the
massive size of a silverback male.
Together with Boumba Bek, this proposed rainforest reserve may be one
of the best preserved parts of the Congo-Basin - Africa's largest rainforest.
WWF is collaborating with the Cameroon government to keep it that way.
The south-eastern part of Cameroon, close to the Central African Republic,
the Congo and Gabon, has a third proposed reserve: Lobeke. Still rich
in wildlife, it is an example of the dangers that Nki and Boumba Bek
may be facing: human activity that has gone out of control. Logging
and poaching go hand in hand here, disturbing the lives of Baka pygmies,
other traditional local groups and wildlife.
There is goodwill to get this protected area project to do what we
want it to do. We can then develop a major ecotourist initiative which
would also provide local people with alternatives to the bush meat and
forest industries. We have an excellent chance of success...."
At the beginning and end of this trip there is time set aside to relax
- at the beach , wandering around a quaint seaside village, or shopping
for West African handicrafts.
- Day 1 - Douala-Limbe: Arrive Douala; welcome and travel to Limbe;
Hotel Miramane. Limbe is a beautiful, English-speaking village on the
beach, about 80 kilometers from Douala. Dinner and one night.
- Day 2 - Limbe: Relaxing day in Limbe, exploring, resting, and preparing
for trip; visit Limbe Wildlife Center
- Day 3 - Limbe-Kumba-Mundemba: Early morning breakfast, then visit
to Limbe Botanical Gardens, pass by recent volcanic deposits from eruptions
of Mt. Cameroon last March 28. On to Buea, at the base of Mt. Cameroon,
passing by coffee, banana, rubber, and pineapple plantations. Lunch
in Kumba and on to Mundemba, dinner and one night at Hotel Yassa.
- Day 4 - Mundemba-Korup National Park: Breakfast; leave for Korup,
wildlife and vegetation tour; Picnic lunch; local English-speaking guide/naturalist
accompanies Korup tour, the length of which depends on your preference.
Dinner and one night in Park in huts built and maintained by WWF.
- Day 5 - Korup National Park-Mundemba-Douala: Breakfast; travel to
Douala, dinner and one night at Hotel Fatime in Douala
- Day 6 - Douala-Yaounde-Bertoua (very long day!): Early morning breakfast;
lunch in Yaounde; dinner and one night at Hotel Mansa in Bertoua.
- Day 7 - Bertoua-Yokadouma: Breakfast in Bertoua; picnic lunch on the
way; dinner and one night at Hotel Yokadouma
- Day 8-13 - Camping in Pygmy (Baka) village(s); tours of forest environment;
search for plant and animal life of equatorial rain forest
- Day 14 - Yokadouma-Bertoua: Breakfast; picnic lunch on the way; dinner
and one night at Hotel Mansa in Bertoua; possible exhibition of local
traditional dance (Beti Bikoutsi dance)
- Day 15 - Bertoua-Yaounde: Breakfast; picnic lunch en route; dinner
and one night at Hotel des Deputes
Note: from this point on, transportation will be by public transport:
bus, bush taxi, and city taxies.
- Day 16 - Yaounde-Kribi: Breakfast; drive to Kribi; lunch at Hotel
- Day 17 - Kribi: Visit Lobe Falls; motor pirogue ride on Lobe River
to visit Bagyeli Pygmy camp. Duration of stay depends on your preference.
- Day 18 - Kribi-Douala: Morning beachin'; travel to Douala; craft shopping
in Douala; airport for departure
Cost: $3350 per person; includes transportation;
guide; park fees; all road tolls and taxes; hotels; camping; all breakfasts,
lunches, and dinners; mineral water; pirogue ride in Kribi
Not included: international airfare, travel insurance,
passport and visa fees, soft drinks or alcohol; tips; entry to Limbe
Wildlife Center and Botanical Gardens; souvenirs and gifts
Preferred Season - November through March
Please contact us for custom-designed adventures!
I've been very pleased with DreamWeaver Travel's service and would highly
recommend it to other Africa bound travelers. Dudley Parkinson took a
personal interest in helping me accomplish my travel plans and did his
utmost to make my trip a safe and memorable adventure. His attention to
detail made it possible for me to experience much of the beauty and wonder
CENTRAL AFRICA'S BEST KEPT SECRET
Gabon & Central African Republic
Gorilla Tour, 13-, 15- or 20-day itinerary (from Libreville,
One of Central Africa’s best kept secrets, that’s what
they call the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in the south of the Central African
Republic. This breathtaking reserve is home to large mammals such as forest
elephants, forest buffalos, large boars, gorillas and forest antelopes,
in densities described as unique. Continue your adventure in Loango National
Park, Gabon, also named “Africa’s Last Eden”, where dense rainforests
meet endless wild beaches and dark-watered rivers sustaining an extraordinary
array of wildlife. End this extraordinary journey on the island of São
Tomé & Príncipe, a place where dense rainforests teem with exotic birds,
where whales sport playfully off unspoiled, deserted beaches, where crystal-clear
waterfalls cascade into the azure blue ocean, and where the people are,
above all, friendly and happy to meet you. • Track a habituated group
of western lowland gorillas in the Congo Basin; • Observe 30-100 timid
forest elephants in the wild from a platform at a clearing in the jungles
of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve; • Get to know the secret culture of the
BaAka pygmies on a net hunting outing; • Visit a gorilla sanctuary in
Gabon and meet the team behind its efforts; • Accompanied by expert guides,
take walking safaris, boat and kayak excursions, and game drives in open
four-wheel-drive vehicles in Loango National Park. • Explore the island
of São Tomé & Príncipe, where it is so easy to feel like the first ever
explorer setting foot on the island. Or simply relax on the secluded beaches
of the resort.
Day 1: Tuesday – Arrival in Libreville, Gabon Upon arrival at
Libreville International Airport, a representative of Africa’s Eden
will meet you and bring you to your hotel. He or she will help you with
the customs procedures and collecting of your luggage. Please note that
you will need to show your vaccination booklet. After that you will
be brought to the Hotel Le Méridien. You can spend the evening as you
like; there is no organised programme. If you would like to go out for
dinner, the "Quartier Louis" is Libreville's most lively neighbourhood
with many restaurants. In addition, Tropicana (near the airport) is
also a good spot for a nice dinner or a relaxing drink by the sea. Lodging:
Hotel le Méridien, Libreville
Day 2 -4: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, C.A.R
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to
the airport for your Africa’s Connection flight to Bayanga, which will
take approximately 2 hours. In Bayanga, the Doli Lodge staff will help
you with your luggage and drive you to the lodge where you will have
some time to settle into your room before having lunch in the restaurant,
on a terrace above the river. After lunch, the group will be divided
into smaller groups for the programme in and around the Dzanga-Sangha
Reserve. All forest activities are accompanied by trained guides who
speak French and also some English. On the next page you will find a
description of the excursions.
Gorilla Tracking (1 x half day) At sunrise, a team of researchers
and pygmy trackers leaves the camp of Bai Hokou to find the nest where
the gorillas slept the previous night. As soon as this nest site is
found, the team then follows the traces left by the gorillas while moving
on and feeding. To do this, one takes elephant paths and narrow trails.
Sometimes it takes one or two hours before establishing contact with
the gorillas. Once the position is known, it is communicated to the
camp by radio so the relief team can set off in the right direction.
Encountering the gorillas is not guaranteed, but in previous years nearly
90% of those taking part in this activity have seen gorillas in close
Observing Forest Elephants (2 visits) To
observe the timid forest elephant in the wild is an experience usually
reserved to a limited circle of researchers. At the clearing (saline)
of Dzanga Bai in Dzanga-Sangha, visitors have this chance. Early in
the morning, as the grey parrots alight at the Dzanga Bai to savour
the mineral-rich grass, emitting their extensive repertoire of whistles
and squawks, the first elephants have already laid claim to their choice
watering-holes. From the platform you can observe them while they feed,
drink, engage in games of (social) rank and maintain their social bonds.
More than 3000 individual elephants have been identified visiting the
saline of Dzanga Bai. At the same time, the open clearing allows you
to observe other species typically found in the Reserve: sitatunga,
buffalo and sometimes bongos, boars and storks.
Hiking around the Saline (1 x - duration dependant on group)
By taking elephant paths you are led to these animals’ favoured spots.
Often these are clearings and saline, traversed by streams, and kept
open by the elephants. With a bit of luck you will not only see elephants
and buffalo, but also bongos, monkeys and traces of other animals. The
sounds, smells and luminous green of the vegetation create a very unique
Net hunting with Pygmies (1 x half day) Accompany
the BaAka pygmies hunting and help with carving up of the game, let
the BaAka women show you the medicinal and other plants of use, taste
a typical dish of liana leaves with a sauce made from forest nuts, watch
how they construct in the forest, in no time at all, a hut to protect
against the rain. Getting to know this secret culture is an experience
few have known.
Music & Dance (Evening) The essence of the BaAka culture, which has
been preserved over the millennia, is mainly expressed in music and
dance, serving to maintain their bonds with their gods, spirits and
ancestors. Each singer and percussionist chooses his or her own rhythm
resulting in a wonderful array of harmony. This universe of movement,
rhythm and sound is very difficult to describe – you have to experience
it for real.
Visit to Bayanga Village (1 visit) The best way to get a glimpse of
daily life in Bayanga is a visit to the village with one of our guides.
People are more than happy to show you around in their small shops and
if you’re lucky they will demonstrate how they produce homemade palm
oil wine. The local bar has a nice view over the Sangha River and is
a good place to get a taste of the Bayanga spirit. Presentation by WWF
(evening) The Dzanga-Sangha Reserve is both extremely beautiful and
extremely delicate, the latter due to mining and logging activities
in the area, and the fact that natural resources are an important food
source for the local population. WWF is the main conservation organisation
in the Reserve, and is more than pleased to share their knowledge with
you on the protected areas and their activities in the region. Lodging:
Day 5: Saturday –
Flight to Evengué On Saturday after an early breakfast, the Doli Lodge
staff will bring you to the airstrip at Bayanga, where the private charter
plane departs, first to Port Gentil, and then from Port Gentil to Omboué.
After a short stop for customs in Port Gentil, you will arrive in Omboué
in the afternoon. In Omboué, our Evengue Lodge staff will help with
your luggage. In a 20-minute boat trip you will be taken to Evengué,
a small island just outside Loango National Park where the Fernan-Vaz
Gorilla Sanctuary is situated, which is sponsored by Africa’s Eden.
During your stay on Evengué Island, our experts of the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla
Project will share their knowledge with you on the bush meat crisis
and other reasons why gorillas are a critically endangered species,
and they will give you information about the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Sanctuary
and Rehabilitation & Reintroduction Programme. Afterwards one of the
guides will accompany you on a short bush walk leading to the gorilla
family in the sanctuary. Lodging: Evengué Lodge
Day 6: Sunday – Mpivié River to Loango Lodge After breakfast,
you will start the boat trip up the dark waters of the Mpivié River
to Loango Lodge. En route, there will be time to visit the small town
of Ste. Anne, where Gustav Eiffel built an iron church in the late 1800s.
After the visit to Ste. Anne, the trip will continue up the Mpivié River
that from there runs through some very dense rainforest. This is a perfect
opportunity to sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views. Monkeys, crocodiles
and all kinds of birds (Hartlaub’s ducks, finfoots and fishing owls
in particular) can be seen. After approximately 2 hours, the boat will
be exchanged at the end of the river for a 4x4 jeep that will drive
to the lodge within 45 minutes. Upon arrival at Loango Lodge you will
be welcomed with refreshments and shown to your room. (A late) Lunch
will be served in the restaurant. Depending on the time of arrival,
it might still be possible to make a first visit to Loango National
Park by boat or by 4x4. Lodging: Loango Lodge Click here to get the
detailed travel itinerary for 2009 and 2010.
Day 7 & 8: Monday, Tuesday - Tassi/ Akaka region (depending
on the season)
Tassi region* After breakfast, one of our 4x4 jeeps will take you south-west
to the Tassi / Louri area (approx. 1.5 hours). During this drive, animals
such as elephants, red river hogs, buffalos, birds and sitatunga (a
swamp-dwelling antelope) can be seen. Tassi Camp is situated on the
savannah, surrounded by primary and secondary forest. Take the 4x4 and
visit the research camp of the Max Planck Institute in Tassi Sud, 30
minutes from Tassi Camp. From here, the researchers go into the forest
to carry out studies amongst the shy, elusive gorillas and chimpanzees.
This also acclimatises the animals gradually to the presence of humans
in the vicinity. In the future, this habituation programme will allow
a controlled form of tourism to track and view the gorillas and chimpanzees,
while at the same time allowing researchers to gather data on all aspects
of their behaviour and ecology. From Tassi you can easily go on excursions
to Louri, where there is a good chance of seeing buffalos and elephants
on the beach: a truly remarkable sight and characteristic of Loango
National Park. On rare occasions, even hippos can be seen. Lodging:
Tassi Savannah Camp
* Tassi Savannah Camp is open all year round, however, during the rainy
season, elephants and buffalos often roam freely on the beach.
Akaka region* After breakfast, the boat departs for a 4-hour journey
south to Akaka. After crossing some large lagoons, you will arrive at
the Rembo Ngowe River, where you will spend the last 1.5 hours. During
the trip you might encounter birds, elephants, buffalos and sitatunga
(swamp-dwelling antelopes), possibly even bathing in the river. Akaka
is one of the most remote parts of Loango National Park. The Akaka forests
thrive with butterflies and are home to a number of rare bird species.
The bush camp is situated on the riverbank in the heart of the tropical
rainforest and the wetlands. At times, the wildlife, especially elephants,
passes right through the camp. Akaka is a good starting point for excursions
like forest walks, or trips by kayak or motorboat along the Rembo Ngowe
and Rembo Echira rivers. In the dry season, the concentrations of particularly
forest buffalo and forest elephant that migrate into the area are easily
seen. Smaller mammals like sitatunga, red river hogs, forest duikers,
five species of monkey and great apes inhabit the area all year round.
Lodging: Akaka Bush Camp
* Akaka Bush Camp is open all year round, however, during the rainy
season, the staff will determine if it possible to go on either a day
trip or an overnight trip, depending on the weather conditions and number
of tsee tsee flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
Day 9: Wednesday – Safari possibilities in Loango National
Park, transfer to Pte. Ste. Cathérine
This morning, you will have time to discover some other parts of Loango
National Park. Some of the possibilities include: • Game drives Game
drives in a 4x4 jeep are an easy and comfortable way to view the park
and see wildlife such as buffalo, elephant, red river hogs and sitatunga.
In the rainy season from November to April, you can find large mammals
roaming freely on the beach.
• Walking Safaris You can venture out with one of our eco-guides into
the forest. On foot is one of the best ways to learn more about the
diversity of the park. You can encounter wildlife such as elephants
and buffalo, but even more so, discover the more inconspicuous forest
animals and birds.
• Cultural Walks From the lodge, you can go on a cultural walk to the
nearby village or the “Operation Loango” school, which is sponsored
by Africa’s Eden’s sister company “Société de Conservation et Développement”.
• Whale Watching* From mid-July to mid-September, humpback whales visit
the coastline of Loango National Park. Go out on a boat with our skipper
to look for these impressive, playful mammals.
* Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed and this excursion
is not included in the package price of this programme.
• Fishing * The point where the lagoon empties into the ocean contains
some of the largest game fish in the world, making it an ideal spot
for fishing – and only 10 minutes by boat from Loango Lodge!
* Please note that this excursion is not included in the package price
of this programme.
• Presentation / Dinner with the Wildlife Conservation Society researchers
Loango Lodge is base camp for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
WCS is engaged in a collaborative venture with SCD (Societé de Conservation
et Développement) in Loango National Park, a unique effort to bring
the private sector and an international NGO together to achieve a series
of key conservation activities. WCS is partly funded by Africa's Eden
tourism revenues and is active in conservation, monitoring, surveillance,
and research activities in the park, all aimed at maintaining the long-term
integrity of this ‘window into the past’. The researchers are happy
to give a presentation about their activities in Gabon, and/or simply
to chat about what they do over drinks / dinner. In the afternoon, a
short boat tour over the lagoon takes you to the Pointe Sainte Cathérine
Beach Camp. This basic camp is situated at a beautiful spot on the beach
in the north of Loango National Park. Beach walks, collecting shells
and fishing are amongst the possibilities. You can also simply relax
here, with one of the most beautiful beaches on earth all to yourself.
As the sun sets, dine in the restaurant, on the lounge deck, or enjoy
a feet-in-the-sand beach barbeque affair. During the rainy season, from
November to April, Pte. Ste. Cathérine sunsets are even better than
usual. Lodging: Pte. Ste. Cathérine Beach Camp
Day 10 - 12: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Príncipe
In the morning, the Africa’s Connection plane will fly via Port-Gentil
to Príncipe airport, where the Bom Bom staff will be waiting to meet
you. You will arrive in Bom Bom Island Resort in the afternoon. Before
dinner, you will have time to settle into your room, have a swim in
the pool or the ocean, or simply to relax and enjoy a cocktail. While
Bom Bom is a wonderful place to relax and recharge your spirit, there
is also plenty there to explore and discover in the next few days:
Hiking: Circumnavigate Bom Bom Island by foot, and discover
its beautiful rock pools with their own ecosystems varying from one
pool to the next. Or go on a leisurely hike through the forest to experience
the sounds of the jungle and catch glimpses of a Mona monkey or the
African grey parrot.
Kayaking: Let our guides introduce you to kayaking on the calm
waters around Bom Bom Island, then kayak out to the ruins of the old
church from the first Portuguese settlement on Príncipe 400 years ago.
Diving: Discover the underwater world of Bom Bom! São Tomé and
Príncipe, both ancient volcanic islands, are home to some of the world’s
most spectacular rock formations, above and below the waterline. With
drop-offs of over 35 metres, overhangs and cascading boulders, there
is plenty of sea life here to keep you coming back for more!
Whale Watching*: From mid-July to mid-September, humpback whales
visit the waters around Bom Bom as they migrate from their low-latitude
summer feeding grounds to more tropical mating and calving areas. *)
Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed and this excursion is
not included in the cost of this programme. Lodging: Bom Bom Island
Day 13 - Sunday – Flight to Libreville, Gabon In the
morning you can enjoy a final stroll on the beach and recollect your
experiences of these two weeks. In the late afternoon you will be brought
to the airport for your return flight to Libreville, Gabon, from where
you will connect to your international flight. Please check in two hours
in advance for you international flight.
Start Libreville (based on arrival with Air France or Royal Air Maroc)
Departure dates: 7 feb/25 july/15 Aug/12 Dec
All Seasons 2010, Africa's Best Kept Secret Tour, 13 days - $8994;
Single Surplus $1135
FESTIVAL IN THE DESERT
Jan. 5-19, 2011
Although the centerpoint of this trip is the Festival
in the Desert in Essakane, the itinerary also includes more well-known
Mali attractions such as Dogon country, Djenne, and Timbuctu. Billed as
the "most remote music festival in the world" the Festival is a three-day
Afro-pop powwow held by the Tuareg, the traditionally nomadic "blue people"
of the Sahara. It's a tribe often feared for the banditry of its rebels
and respected for the fact that it has never really been conquered. Combining
traditional Tuareg music and dance, camel races, and competitions during
the day, the Festival comes alive at night with modern Malian music, which
is becoming popular the world over from incorporation into music as diverse
as that of Robert Plant and Paul Simon. This is truly a one-of-a-kind
Day 1: Bamako
Arrival at Bamako and transfer to hotel. Free dinner and
overnight. Hotel Tamana (B)
Day 2: Bamako - Mopti
Transfer to Mopti. Stop in Segou and visits (visits will
be spread in d.2 and d.14) Dinner and O/N at Hotel Y a pas de Problèmes
Founded in 1852, Segou, keeper of one of the most ancient
histories of West Africa, capital of the ancient Bambara kingdom, has
an undeniable charm which is well worth discovering. Ancient kingdom of
culture and tradition, Segou has inspired numerous writers and historians.
Among the most famous is Maryse Condé. Segou is also the site where Mungo
Park, the first European in modern times, gazed upon the Niger River.
When he arrived he 'fell to his knees, thanked God, and drank from the
muddy water.' (Mark Jenkins, To Timbuktu) .
Day 3: Mopti - Timbuktu
Transfer to Timbutku through Gourma Region. Hotel Azalai
or sim. (B, L, D)
The Gourma region spreads out between Douentza and Timbuktu,
a region known for its desert steppes. Thanks to its micro-climate, protected
by the Niger River which frames it for the 2 / 3 part, the region is a
land of savannas mixed with dunes. In the Gourma region we could meet
a lot of Fulani, Tuareg and Bella (ancient slaves) camps). When we reach
the Gandamia Mountains, we will visit a tiny village hidden in the mountains.
Day 4 - Timbuctu - Essakane
visit Timbuktu and transfer to Essakane for the Festival
Days 4-6: Essakane Festival
Free days to attend the festival full board O/N bush camp
in tents (B, L, D)
It is far away to time when travellers were martyrized on
the way to Timbuktu: " To begin from the top: I have five saber cuts on
the crown of the head and three on the left temple, all fractures from
which much bone has come away, one on my left cheek which fractured the
jaw bone and has divided the ear… " (Major Gordon Laing). Nevertheless,
Timbuktu is still a myth. A myth can be disappointing. In the XIX cent:
" I looked around and found that the sight before me did not answer my
expectations. I had formed a totally different idea of the grandeur and
wealth of Timbuktu… " (René Caillié) In the XX cent: "For some people,
when you say 'Timbuktu, it is like the end of the world, but that is not
true. I am from Timbuktu, and I can tell you we are right at the heart
of the world." ( Ali Farka Toure) Better to undress all the expectations
and to walk in the sandy streets… Djingereber Mosque, built in the 14th
century, the oldest clay building in Africa, … houses in clay and gray
stones arriving from the area surrounding the city… small markets with
few dry vegetables, some slabs of salt, a lot of leather crafts. At sunset
the sky is still " pale red as far as the horizon " like at the Caillié's
time and the town regains the vivacity that it has never lost. Rich merchants,
elegant women, smiling kids walk in the street and socialize. Timbuktu
is still today the major "caravan terminal" of all the Sahara, beyond
any postcard cliché. There are several Timbuktu, says B.Chatwin: the one
in the reality and the one in our dreams. The visit of the town is difficult
because visitors would like to be confirmed in the dreams which they have
about the town, instead of taking and appreciating what they meet. It
is true that the town can be disappointing: Mud and dust every where;
kids running after the tourists and begging attention and money. And the
local tour guides are "masterized" on tourist tour of the town. They show
always the same things to every body. So, as result of that, there is
an other partition of the reality in Timbuktu: the own which is shown
to the tourists and the one, real, where local people live, work, enjoy
Days 7 - 8: Cruise on Niger River
Transfer by 4x4 from Essakane to Nianfounke and cruise on
pinasse (covered dugout pirogue) from Nianfounke to Konna 1 O/N on bush
camp 1 O/N Hotel at Mopti, Y a pas de problèmes Full board
Two days of navigation on the River on a big covered pinasse,
(local large pirogue) through the most interesting part of the internal
delta of the Niger. In this region at the edge between savannah and desert
the immense water basin is divided into hundreds of branches, lakes and
ponds: a vast "spider web". Villages are inhabited by Fulani, Bozo and
Songhai, some reachable only by pirogue. Beautiful adobe architecture
strikes the eyes: the mosques with a "personalized" style to each of the
ethnic groups… the homes built along the water courses… the tiny fishermen
shelters on small islands… the rangy canoes with a unique shape. At the
halfway point the river turns into the huge Lake Debo: a paradise for
fishermen and shepherds. The shallow water hosts enough fish to feed the
region. And when the level goes down, green grass feed uncountable herds
of local zebu cattle . We say water and mean also birds, some of them
coming from Europe to escape the winter. At sunset millions of weavers
fly in flocks, composing strange figures, seeming to "dance" in the sky.
Lunch on board. Dinner and O/N bush camp in tents
Day 9: Mopti - Dogon cliff
Mopti city tour Transfer to the Bandiagara cliff Dinner
and O/N in tents at Campement (B, L, D)
The town of Mopti is built on three islands where the Bani
and Niger rivers converge. The town is alive with the different cultures
in the region: Bozo fishermen, Dogon, Bambara and Bella farmers, Tuareg
and Peul herders. The market and the harbor are saturated with all colors
and smells. Part of the harbor is occupied by a traditional workshop where
artisans build the "pinasse", starting with the production of nails and
finishing with colorful paintings on the sides of the boats. As trade
point Mopti is important also for art objects from the region, including
a great variety of beads and jewellery. Dinner and O/N at hotel
Day 10: Dogon cliff trekkings and Dogon dancing masks
Dinner and O/N in tents at Campement (B, L, D)
A path across stones and some millets (" a path… ? ") reaches
a hidden village. A dozen people live in an open cave… some adobe dwellings…
a spring in the middle… fresh water nourishing generations of lucky families….
Beside the spring the house of Hogon (the high priest) displaying fetishes
and trophies. Two items reunited in one single activity: hunting, privilege
of a special cast, and challenge to wild forces of the nature, needing
spiritual protection. The voice of people resonates in the cave, and from
there to the rest of the valley. The soft light of sunset design long
shades in the fields. Time to set up the camp; soon stars will light the
sky; Sirius starts pulsing. The knowledge of the Dogon concerning Sirius
has preceded modern astronomy. Sirius A, Sirius B, Sirius C are part of
local myths, basement of a 60 years calendar. Now, the silence of the
night shortens the distances… the visitors feel to be closer to this amazing
world…. Also Sirius seems to be closer. In the afternoon dancing masks.
Dogon masks have deep eyes, framed by vertical and parallel lines. A kind
of rectangular box looking at you from another world. Pure cubist art,
with on top of all, the soul of a population living in communion with
the spirits of their ancestors, nature, stars. They dance al together
in a circle, accompanied by drums. Afterwards, group-by-group, they run
in the ring and start dancing every one with his peculiar movements. Just
men stand in front of the masks. Women stay away, on the clay roofs of
surrounding houses. Even if a taboo for them, they do not want to miss
the performance. Masks are related with death and funerals; women are
related with birth and life. They have opposite and complementary roles.
Better to avoid any unfortunate clash.
Day 11: Dogon flat land
Last trekking of Dogon cliff and exploration of Dogon villages
on flat land Dinner and O/N in tents at Campement (B, L, D)
A brief excursion on foot will lead us in a tiny village
hidden in a huge cave in the escarpment, and not even indicated on the
maps. We will meet the Ogon, the great priest. The Ogon's house, half
home and half cave, is an important shrine for the hunters' cult: from
the wall stick out animal skulls, ritual objects and wooden statues that
carry recent traces of sacrifice… A water spring in a crack of the rock
allows the complete autonomy of this magic village, protected from all
external looks. The landscape is characterized more and more by huge millet
fields. They provide food for large villages communities. They are inhabited
by Dogon, on a flat land dominated, far away, by the famous Bandiagara
escarpment. This flat land has been populated for the last century. Dogon,
looking for land, moved from the cliff back to the low land. The links
to their original villages: giant granaries with an anthropomorphic façade,
looking at the visitors (they seem to say: " Be careful… we saw you coming…
"); Togu'na (men shelters) with carved pillars representing the ancestors
figures are settled in middle of the village, silent witness of a long
history and rare example of tribal art still in its natural frame; old
bearded figures walking in the dusty paths or sitting in the Togu'na.
Generous enthusiasm accompanies every new visitor.
Day 12: Dogon cliff
Bandiagara exploration of Dogon plateau; Htl La Falaise
or sim. (B, L, D)
On the "plateau" the main color is the gray of the stones,
broken by the green of the onions fields, along the ponds and rivers.
Dogon are tough farmers: during the raining season the farm millet, and
during the dry season it is the turn of the onions. The visit of the cave
beautifully painted with design made of the classical cosmogonic colours
of African people (white, red and black) will allow us to receive a esaurient
explanation about the initiation rites that every 3 years take place in
this natural amphitheatre. We will visit also the hidden locations of
a fortified village, perfectly camouflaged in the rocky countryside, one
of the more astonishing examples of African architecture.
Day 13): Bandiagara - Djenne
Djenne city tour Hotel Campement or Maafir or sim. (B, D)
Djenne, the most beautiful and genuine example of Sudanese
adobe architecture. The story houses of rich traders families, the Koranic
schools, the mosque -that is also the biggest building out of clay in
the world- make together a unique inhabited center in the world. Some
details deserve special attention: the technique used to built the roofs,
the setting of the rooms in the houses, the Morocco style windows, the
Toucoulors gates, the rounded and the square bricks dating the time before
and after the beginning of the .... colonization. In Djenne we understand
that a mason can be an artist. These artists, here in Djenne, are called
"barrey". They work just with hands. No tools. Like sculptors. The oldest
among them replace the work of the hands with the pronunciation of magic
spell, able to support the house, even in case of danger. To build a house
like an artist, to protect it like a priest. Here is a "barrey". No way
to understand Djenne without crossing the path of one of them. We will
reach Djenne the market day… everybody will dress up with its best ethnic
costumes. A colourful crowd will invade the town arriving by horse, by
carriage, by pirogue, by camel, in roaring bush taxi…
Day 14: Djenne - Segou
Stops on the way to visit Bobo and Bambara villages. Segou,
end of city tour (see day 2) Hotel Indépendance or sim (B, D)
Day 15: Segou - Bko out
Breakfast and departure to Bamako; City tour; ONE day use
room for last shower; Transfer to airport and end of services (B)
Bamako, the capital. The administrative buildings have the
marks of beautiful Neo-Sudanese style. The museum is the best ethnographic
museum in West Africa. Its great collection displaying the beauty of African
shapes contains ancient art objects of astonishing beauty. We will admire
masks, ritual sculptures, archeological terracotta's, textiles, musical
instruments, tools, and traditional weapons…
Medical: Vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory.
The prophylaxis against malaria is recommended
Net rates: Price per person for a group of minimum
of 4 travelers: In dbl room/tent: Price: $4000
Extra charge for sgl : $585
Included: English speaking guide, Vehicles - one
4x4 with no ac; "pinasse"- traditional boat with engine, with roof during
cruise on the Niger River. Cook on board for two lunches and one dinner.
· Meals and accommodations as mentioned · At Essakane - Berber tents as
restaurant room · Excursions and visits as mentioned in the program ·
(trekking in Dogon cliff: first one: easy; second one: medium Our Dogon
guide can offer alternative visits for people who do not want to do trekking
· Pass for Essakane
Not included: International flights, · Airport
taxes · Meals and services not mentioned · Visa · Travel Insurance · Tips
· Personal purchases · Fee to deliver lost luggage
Guide: English speaking guide with deep knowledge of people and
places. Local guides as mentioned in the program, in Djenné, Dogon cliff,
Douentza and Timbuktu and Essakane.
The weather will be dry and hot during the day and cool in the night,
in particular in the desert. We suggest bringing a warm sleeping bag and
some warm clothes for your stay in the desert. Don't forget a flashlight,
hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and walking shoes, and a water bottle.